Thursday, 28 October 2021

Advisory Committee ensures CPUT achieves unique entrepreneurial curriculum

PARTNERSHIPS: The Entrepreneurship and Business Management Department Advisory Committee assists the staff to influence, build and deliver academic positions for institutional change, where  is required in the department, through methodology and processes directed at achieving a unique and distinctive entrepreneurial curriculum PARTNERSHIPS: The Entrepreneurship and Business Management Department Advisory Committee assists the staff to influence, build and deliver academic positions for institutional change, where is required in the department, through methodology and processes directed at achieving a unique and distinctive entrepreneurial curriculum

The Entrepreneurship and Business Management Department has appointed an Advisory Committee to provide mentorship and coaching to staff and students.

The fourth advisory committee to be constituted was established at a virtual meeting recently. Its members include a representative from the Small Enterprise Development Agency, three entrepreneurs, a business consultant, a Technical Vocational Education and Training College executive and an academic or director of a centre for entrepreneurship,

The committee’s chairperson is Sinethemba Mali-Bolo, a CPUT alumnus who currently works as a Country Environmental Advisor at Shell.

According to the CPUT policy, advisory committees should meet at least twice a year and their members are invited to serve on the committee by the heads of department.

The chairperson and vice-chairperson are elected bi-annually by members, adds the policy.

The chairperson must be a person external to CPUT.

The Entrepreneurship and Business Management Department Advisory Committee assists the staff to influence, build and deliver academic positions for institutional change, where  is required in the department, through methodology and processes directed at achieving a unique and distinctive entrepreneurial curriculum, says the department’s Head, Prof Chux Iwu.

Iwu adds that the committee assists the department and university in promoting entrepreneurship programmes as well as building and strengthening an interactive communication strategy involving both staff and students.

“[The committee] looks at a strategy of creating an inclusive and diverse learning space that will build the capacity of learners to be socially responsive entrepreneurs in line with global trends,” he elaborates.

“[It] acts as a sounding board for new developments, ideas, innovations in teaching and learning practice, research and community involvement.”

The committee interrogates the department’s curriculum design and its assumptions with particular reference to methodology in order to guide and influence the curriculum design and implementation of a learning methodology that equips learners and academics to fulfil their potential.

Iwu says the committee assists and contributes towards situating ethics as a key consideration in the practice and development of entrepreneurship, especially within the African context.

It is also charged with the task of building bridges between key companies and students, facilitating exchange, partnerships, internships as well as influencing the creation of events and round table discussions on entrepreneurial topics.

“[It is] the board to provide strategic guidance on envisaged strategic intent of the department in repositioning itself within the Business Faculty- noting internal and external stakeholders,” he adds. “[It] reviews the strategic and operational business plans of the department and ongoing performance achievements.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za